UP chief minister Mayawati on Tuesday accused the central government of adopting “delaying tactics” on the proposed division of Uttar Pradesh into four parts.
The UP assembly had passed a resolution on this last month. The four proposed parts are Poorvanchal, Awadh Pradesh, Bundelkhand and Paschim Pradesh.
The Union home ministry has sent the UP government a letter seeking clarification on the proposal.
Mayawati said even though her government would reply to the letter, the ball was in the central government’s court.
The central government wants details such as the proposed capitals, divisions of assets and liabilities, boundaries and other related issues in question.
The chief minister, accusing the Centre of leaking the letter to the media before it reached the state government, said the powers to reorganise the state were vested with the central government.
The central government should prepare the reorganisation bill and the President should send it to the UP assembly for ratification, she said.
The state government could only provide information on the matter, Mayawati said, adding that the UPA government should not delay the matter.
The issue has snowballed into a political controversy. In view of the sensitivities centring round the matter during assembly elections, the Congress doesn’t want to be seen opposing the demand for the division of the state.
Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the party was in favour of smaller states but there should be a serious debate on this. The state government did not have any concrete plan over the issue, she added.
While the Samajwadi Party has opposed the division in clear terms, the BJP and Rashtriya Lok Dal, now a Congress ally, said the proposal was Mayawati’s political gimmick before polls.